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Grateful Dead Live at Providence Civic Center on 1983-04-20


Topics Live concert


Touch Of Gray-> Promised Land, Loser, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle-> Cumberland Blues, Looks Like Rain, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider My Brother Esau-> Maybe You Know, Bertha-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Throwing Stones-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Don't Ease Me In


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Providence Civic Center
Location Providence, RI

Source SBD> Master Cassette> Reel> Dat (SV3800/48k), plus patch from FOB Sennheiser 421> Master Cassette;
Lineage Dat (Sony R500)> SEK'D Prodif Plus> Samplitude v7.02 Professional> FLAC; Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller

Notes

flac16; SBD> Master Cassette> Reel> Dat (SV3800/48k), plus patch from FOB Sennheiser 421> Master Cassette; Transfer: Dat (Sony R500)> SEK'D Prodif Plus> Samplitude v7.02 Professional> FLAC; Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller

Reviews

Reviewer: GermanShepherd - - November 6, 2014
Subject: Start of a cautionary tale
As I've listened from the first show in 1970, Jer's voice is changing, undeniably. As I rode in the car and heard a show on Sirius from 1985 the other day, as an indication of what is to come in my chronological journey, I heard this very same voice from Jerry. I noticed it is more tired than all the rest of the years, cracking often. Now in April of 1983, for the last couple of shows I have heard this voice. It seems like it is the beginning of a terrible end, as we know of the health issues he had in late '85. Hard to hear this happening, being helpless and as useless as hindsight.
Reviewer: lcj72835 - - May 20, 2014
Subject: Just a weeknight in Providence
This show is special. If you didn't care for it you need to go back and listen again. Too bad about the sound trouble but it seemed to calm down after the 1st few tunes. Love the chorus out of the solo on Loser, also Looks Like Rain, Sugar Mag/Sunshine Daydream, Cumberland Blues. I feel like the band's wheels started to fall off after 1983. This is one of the best shows of the 80's IMO.
Reviewer: njpg - - April 21, 2014
Subject: -
Although parts of it are OK, it's pretty sloppy. Garcia is kinda all over the place, playing way faster than he really can.
Reviewer: Brother Esau - - July 4, 2013
Subject: Been listening to this since 2 days after the show
Got this from Charlie Miller two days after the show. I was 16 years old. I know every note of this show and have always held it as the standard for many songs. There is no better Look Like Rain, The China Rider kicks ass. The first set is epic albeit short. The sound is 83 soundboard, so don;t complain. Miller or Hunter Seamons needs to make the matrix to round things out. I have Charlie's first gen cassettes still.
Reviewer: In A Silent Way - - December 12, 2012
Subject: Rought start, not a bad listen`
"Yankee fillies."

LOL
Reviewer: BIG_R - - January 25, 2010
Subject: 4-20-83
They sound like the're having a hard time getting into sync on Touch of Grey but by the end of Promised Land they've got it together. IMO it's a good show especially set two. Sure there is some pa static but overall this is a good recording.
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - - January 22, 2009
Subject: 5 reviews? Ridiculous I say-The second set is a KILLER
I rarely write full show reviews anymore- and this is only a half show review- but this Miller transfer is delicious- Phil is all over the tape- loud and clear, punctuating everything with his very special melodic sense- and jer- well jer is in his best '83 form- his leads are just burning dudes- more than 5 folks should have reviewed this show- give a listen- do not miss it.
Reviewer: cdevs - - April 25, 2008
Subject: you forgot...
the bertha is a ripper, surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet.
Reviewer: JamminJerome - - April 21, 2008
Subject: Very solid show
Really, what more could you ask for from this show? Plenty of jamming, energy is high, and the setlist is very inventive. Jerry is fully there, and the vocals are solid all around. First set is spectacular with a very funky Touch of Grey (one of the few good ones I've heard), a smoking LLR, and a high-speed China>Rider. The second set is not quite as good as the first but still smokes. The energy is high and the band flys through the second set with good performances of every song (although none that I would call "best of").

Sound = 4 stars (a few minor glitches)
1st Set = 5 stars
2nd Set = 4.5 stars
Overall rating = 4.5 stars, but I'll round it up to 5 because I don't often give out 5 stars to shows in the 80s and 90s.
Reviewer: devilbear - - April 9, 2008
Subject: Great sound - Only Stones>Dew ever?
(*****all my Stars are compared to shows of the same year******)

Very fast fast fast. Jerry and phil don't miss a beat.

Highlights: Loser, Minglewood, Uncle, LLR, Eyes, Dew

Only Stones>Dew I can find, Makes this show unique.

__Pack up the crack pipe for this one__

j/k
Reviewer: DTSECOFR21 - - June 9, 2006
Subject: PA problems, but decent recording
Sounds Quality = 4 .... Show Quality = 4. The intermittant "zaps" you hear are the PA system and have nothing to do with this fairly good recording. Phil comes through nicely. Very nice LLR.
Reviewer: stratocaster - - August 5, 2005
Subject: 04-20-1983
Sweet upgrade over the original source. I highly recommend this show. Garcia was definitely there to play. Loser, Cumberland and Looks Like Rain all have stellar Garcia solos. Although a bit fast, Eyes of the World is just shredded by Jerry. Also of note is a very hectic, psychotic space that deserves a listen. Throwing Stones is an excellent version and Dew is played well, but quite fast, look to 06-18-1983 for a great Dew in that time era.

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